Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Texting & Messaging A Tour of Chatroulette by Brandon De Hoyos Writer Brandon de Hoyos is former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a self-described IM veteran who covers the latest in messaging trends and videography. our editorial process LinkedIn Brandon De Hoyos Updated on October 04, 2019 Texting & Messaging Email Texting & Messaging Video Calls Tweet Share Email Chatroulette is a text, audio and video chat website that pairs visitors with other random users, one at a time. The chat is terminated when either user initiates another random connection. Proceed with Caution Chatroulette Screenshots/Chatroulette.com Initially, the website was highly criticized for offensive and pornographic content, and parents were warned not to let their children visit the site. Users were anonymous. To combat the criticism, Chatroulette banned pornographic activity and behavior and nudity, however, it doesn't seem to have made much of a difference. Users of the site must be at least 19 years old. Chatroulette encourages users to report all unsuitable behavior but that doesn't stop the largely male audience (or the females on the platform) from flashing graphic and inappropriate shots of their anatomy to anyone that will slow down long enough to see them. Chatroulette's Resizable Chat Windows Chatroulette Screenshots/Chatroulette.com For users of the original version of Chatroulette, one of the most obvious and immediate differences is the Chatroulette site layout. In addition to moving video windows to the upper portion of the page, Chatroulette users can also now resize chat windows to suit their individual needs. The Chatroulette windows are completely freeform, allowing users to click and resize simply. The standard Chatroulette chat window is now nested at the top left side of the page. Changing to the Next Person in Chatroulette Chatroulette Screenshots/Chatroulette.com Want to switch views to the next anonymous chatter on Chatroulette? Click the bar underneath the video windows to connect with a new person. New Chatroulette Settings Chatroulette Screenshots/Chatroulette.com Chatroulette users will notice the addition of a settings bar that allows users to switch their webcam and microphone settings, in addition to the audio volume input and output. These Chatroulette settings offer flexibility in how users are seen and heard—or not heard. Chatroulette Availability Although Chatroulette is a fun way to communicate with people all over the world, it is banned in some countries. If you are in one of those countries, you can get around the ban by using a virtual private network. A VPN offers a secure connection that keeps your information safe.